Usually our area gets a short break from the cold weather in mid-winter, but it didn't happen this year. Since the beginning of 2010, less than a third of the days have been warmer than normal, and this month is on track to be one of the top 20 coldest on record. We've had a succession of snowstorms that leave a bit of white stuff, which melts just before a bit more is deposited from the next storm.
Last year about this time son Brian had a potted spring bulb arrangement delivered to the house. The basket of hyacinths and tulip plants was almost ready to bloom, and I got to watch as each of the flowers opened over the course of a week. When they were spent, I took the block of potting mixture and bulbs out to the back yard, where I planted them close to the patio by the garage door. I know that often forced bulbs won't flower again, but I thought I'd try.
I was REALLY excited when I looked out the back of the garage today and saw this:
Something is pushing up out of the mulch! It's too soon to tell what type of flower it is, but just seeing it is a sign that the cold weather can 't last forever.